Djokovic reaches Belgrade semi-finals, 19 yo Sinner defeats Rublev to reach Barcelona Open semi-finals

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic kept his brilliant form on to reach the semi-finals of the Serbian Open. In the Barcelona Open, teenager Jannik Sinner defeated Rublev to become the youngest semi-finalist.

Novak Djokovic stayed on track for a third Belgrade cup with an easy 6-1, 6-3 quarter-final win over Miomir Kecmanovic.

He won the 2009 and 2011 titles at the event which is played at a venue that leads his name, will meet either Russia’s Aslan Karatsev or Italy’s Gianluca Mager for a place in the final.

In their first meeting, Djokovic broke his 21-year-old opponent’s first service game and repeated the feat for a 5-1 lead in the opener.

Djokovic occupied an 18th Grand Slam title in Australia in February. Furthermore, he initiated his clay-court operations in Monaco last week where he experienced a shock last-16 loss to Britain’s Dan Evans.

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Barcelona Open 2021: Jannik Sinner becomes the youngest semi-finalist

The 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner graced the Barcelona Open’s youngest semi-finalist since 2005 after defeating Russian Andrey Rublev 6-2, 7-7 (8/6).

Sinner, ranked 19th in the world, will now play against the winner of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals of this prestigious tournament.

I am trying to get better every week,” Sinner said. “He (Rublev) has played many, many matches already this year and I tried to play my tennis. It was difficult to finish it off. I had three break points at 5-5 (in the second set), which I could not convert, but I’m pleased to win in the end,” he added.

Rafael Nadal, who has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, booked his place in the Barcelona last four as an 18-year-old 16 years ago.